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Educators Honored for Community-Building and Outstanding Achievements During a Challenging Year

October 20, 2021

Washington, D.C. (October 20, 2021) — The NEA Foundation announced today that five educators will receive one of public education’s highest honors, the Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence. The award recognizes educators for their diligence and dedication to students, colleagues, communities, and their profession. The 2022 awardees are: Adriana Abundis Alonzo, a master educator […]

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For the Media

Valeria Lassiter Appointed Chair of the NEA Foundation Board of Directors

October 5, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 5, 2021) – The NEA Foundation welcomes Valeria Lassiter as the new chair of its Board of Directors. Lassiter is the founder and CEO of Lassiter & Associates a management consulting firm providing mission-driven organizations with smart strategic planning, stakeholder communications, fundraising, tailored coaching, and creative training solutions. She has served on […]

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Foundation Voices

To the GLF Class of 2022: Welcome to the Family!

September 22, 2021

Moments before leaving the house, I discovered a six-inch tear in my suitcase. I frantically scrambled to find another suitcase, then rushed to the airport to board a flight that would take me to South Africa, a dream I have had for decades. Breathing easier aboard my flight, I sat on the plane reflecting on […]

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Foundation Voices

Reset and Replenish: A Note to Educators Headed Back to School

August 30, 2021

If you are like me, you are fresh out of crayons, markers, erasers, pencils, and paper, but no worries, you have time to replenish not only your classroom shelves but your spiritual, mental, and physical selves as well. How do you find the will, the way, and the wisdom to replenish all that has been […]

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